Football Federation Victoria welcomes today’s State Government announcement of $230,400 towards new lights for Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve and Chewton Soldiers Memorial Park.
The projects are two of the 25 initiatives currently being implemented under the state government’s World Game Facilities Fund, which includes more than 5 million dollars in funding for local football facilities across the state.
Football Federation Victoria CEO Peter Filopoulos said the announcement is a reminder that Bendigo is one of Victoria’s fastest growing football hubs.
“Our participation data tells us the regions are home to some of the highest football participation rates in the state. With more juniors, and more women and girls playing in Bendigo than ever before, it’s clear football is growing in popularity, and that our sport has a significant role in supporting cohesive and healthy communities”, he said.
Mr Filopoulos said the funding announcement is also a demonstration of what can be achieved when football works hand-in-hand with government and local communities.
“Football is only as strong as it’s grassroots communities. And it’s grassroots communities need the support of businesses and local and state government to be strong and to grow to game.
“As the nation’s largest participation sport, it’s crucial that we invest in upgrading and increasing facilities for our clubs which play a vital role in enabling people of all cultures, ages and abilities – including record numbers of women and girls – to play the game they love”, he said.